Has the Reform in Israeli Privacy Law Begun?

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Israeli Ministry of Justice published for public comment the draft Protection of Privacy Bill (Amendment) (Definitions and Limiting Registration Obligations), 2020 (in Hebrew, here). The draft bill aims to reduce, but not eliminate, the obsolete duty to register databases containing personal information. At the same time, it seeks to update important definitions in ...

Painfully Outdated

The Privacy Protection Authority published draft guidelines on the use of drones in public spaces. Sometimes I wonder about the topics the Authority chooses to review in its guidelines, because from my experience they are not the most pressing issues. But I do know the authority is always well-intentioned and its fine people work their best to make do ...

Challenges to AI Medical Research Under Privacy Laws

The Israeli Ministry of Health – backed up by government decision no. 3709 of March 25, 2018 – announced a national program to promote digital health. It is a highly ambitious plan, that relies heavily on using patients' health records as accumulated during the last 30 years in Israel and recorded in medical databases from various resources – clinical data, ...

An Orwellian Nightmare? The Proposed Cyber Law

Imagine that at any given moment, the State can enter your business, demand any document and information you have, instruct you on how to operate your IT system, seize computers,  communication systems and drives containing data, or even help itself to your workstations and operate them by itself. Imagine that your most guarded information – your bookkeeping system, Excel files ...

Israel seeks introduction of a tax on digital sales

Israel’s Finance Ministry and tax authority announced in the last week of April that they intend to bring a digital sales tax (DST) that may reap some ILS 1 billion ($280 million) for its treasury. The tax authorities will be working on the development of a tax on the sales of foreign digital companies in the Israeli marketplace. 

The authorities ...

You have zero privacy; get over it

There’s nowhere to hide from the assault on privacy.  It’s what threatens modern technology-oriented life and makes it completely different from life just 20 years ago or less.

At first glance, invasion of privacy is not happening within our homes.  After all, a man’s home is his castle.  If the historic perception of privacy was a man’s right to be ...